Earthen ovens are inexpensive to build, fun to use, and provide baking environment impossible to recreate in the kitchen. This May, Kurt Gardella returns to California for three days to teach you how to make your own earthen oven. Kurt has built dozens of these ovens in New Mexico, and has great expertise in both adobe construction and earthen plasters and finishes. Attendees will leave the class with the knowledge necessary to built an oven of their own, with materials that you may already have in your yard.
The class is suitable for bakers, building professionals and do-it-your-selfers, and is a great introduction to adobe construction and earthen plasters covered in more depth in adobeisnotsoftware’s other classes.
- Local considerations and the siting your earthen oven
- Soil and material selection, sourcing and testing
- Foundations and oven base design and materials
- Sand Form and Oven Domes
- Natural oven plasters and finishes
- Firing and baking in your oven.
This is a hands-on class. Attendees will have the opportunity to get dirty and use tools and equipment typical of adobe construction and earthen finishing. Due to the course format, enrollment will be limited to 10 individuals. In the unlikely event of inclement weather, instruction will occur indoors.
Ben Loescher is a licensed architect, founder of adobeisnotsoftware and principal of golem|la, an architecture firm specializing in adobe construction.
The class will be conducted in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, and hosted by Root Simple. Coffee and nibbles will be provided at the beginning of the day; lunch is included.
Register details are available here. Early bird tuition is $190/person for registrations before April 20th, stanadard price registrations will be $220 after that date.
Please do not hesitate to contact Ben by email at mud[at]adobeisnotsoftware.org or by phone at (760) 278-1134.